Friday, February 18, 2011

Urgent needs for the Pacific Orientation Course

The Pacific Orientation Course (POC) is critical for the on-going work in the Pacific and they have an urgent need for more help.  Are you interested in helping new mission workers in their orientation?  How about joining the POC staff and working alongside dedicated expatriate and PNG staff to equip enthusiastic new workers for their cross-cultural ministry? Several roles are needed:

Responsible for providing basic medical care for the POC participants and staff as well as presenting medical lectures to the course participants.

POC School Teacher:

Responsible for assisting with the cultural orientation and education of children of the participants at the Pacific Orientation Course.  Valid teaching certificate or equivalent. Experience in a multi-grade classroom setting helpful. Minimum 1 year teaching experience.

Village Allocator:
Responsible for identifying appropriate allocation sites for the Village Living phase of Pacific Orientation Course (POC) and for oversight of this phase of POC.
Kitchen Manager:
Responsible for ensuring that meals are provided for POC participants as well as teaching, guiding and mentoring kitchen staff and students in food preparation using available items and methods of preparation.

If you'd like more information about any of these roles, write to me.

Pacific Orientation Course (POC)

Question: How do you transition from your home country to living in Papua New Guinea?

Answer: The Pacific Orientation Course!       

The Pacific Orientation Course (POC) is held outside of the coastal, tropical town of Madang in PNG - one of my favorite places on earth!  POC is 12 weeks long and is designed to gradually introduce participants to the Melanesian culture, the food and how to cook it, and Tok Pisin, the trade language.  Other topics are included to help the learner move towards confidence in living and working in another culture.  The course finishes with a 4 week village stay where the participants can put to use all that they have learned leading up to the village stay.

There's also time for lots of fun too!  Volleyball, games, hikes and  trips to town that include a swim and snorkeling in the ocean. Lasting friendships are formed with the local people as well as the participants by the end of the time there. 

It's amazing how much you can learn, grow and adapt to in a short time. One thing I learned in my time in PNG: God made us to be adaptable people and He's there right with us as we go through the transitions of learning new things.

The best way to discover more about POC is to read a couple of blogs written by participants in the course:  Serve In PNG and Beyond Imagination

Also, the Dokkens made a video of their time there.